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Journal Articles - Installment 2 (Files 36-70)


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0036. Review: The Power of Myth by J Campbell
The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers (Doubleday, 1988). Douglas Groothuis the book in Christian Research Journal. One of the surprise best sellers of the late 1980s, this book represents one of the most attractive packages for New Age philosophy yet published. Thinking Christians should be familiar with its content in preparation for dialog with those who are unaware of its conflicts with Christian faith. Also available in plain text format.

0037. Does the Bible Teach 'Sola Scriptura'?
"Does the Bible Teach 'Sola Scriptura'?" Protestants have always held that the Bible should be our highest authority in matters of faith and practice. But does the Bible itself teach this doctrine? Ken Samples responds in the 'Viewpoint' column, Christian Research Journal. Also available in plain text format.

0038. Answering The Arguments For Abortion Rights, Part 1: The Appeal to Pity
An article from the Christian Research Journal, Fall 1990, page 20, by Francis J. Beckwith. First of a series, this article was later revised, expanded and incorporated into the book _Politically Correct Death: Answering The Arguments For Abortion Rights_ (Baker Book House, 1993). Also available in plain text format.

0039. Book Reviews: Prophecy, Cult Evangelism:
A column of the Christian Research Journal, Fall 1990, page 36) by Brian Onken and Ron Rhodes. Covering: (Summary Critique) The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today by Wayne Grudem (Crossway Books, 1988); Evangelizing the Cults, by Ronald Enroth, Editor (Servant Publications, 1990). Also available in plain text format.

0040. Gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus:
Christian Research Journal: Fall 1990, page 8, by Douglas Groothuis. "Is there anything of which one might say, 'See this, it is new'? Already it has existed for ages which were before us" (Eccles. 1:10). Such is the case with much "New" Age thinking. Douglas Groothuis demonstrates this as he examines ancient Gnosticism and the Gnostic Jesus. Also available in plain text format.

0041. A Biblical Guide to Orthodoxy and Heresy:
Part One: "The Case For Doctrinal Discernment" (an article from the Christian Research Journal, Summer 1990, page 28) by Robert M. Bowman. Too few believers have found the middle ground between acceptance of heresy and "heresy hunting." By demonstrating the value of doctrine and providing clear definitions for _heresy_ and _orthodoxy_, Bowman answers both of these extremes. Also available in plain text format.

0043. Millennial Madness:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:fall:p.39 ("Viewpoint". Ron Rhodes explains why a mass epidemic of "millennial madness" is likely to break out, and suggests several ways to inoculate oneself against it. Also available in plain text format.

0044. "News Watch":
Christian Research Journal, 1990:fall:p.5, by William Alnor and Robert Lyle. "Controversial Prophetic Movement is Incorporated into The Vineyard."
"Infighting and Lawsuits Affecting AMORC Rosicrucians."
"Bob Weiner's Plans Unclear a Year after Maranatha Disbands." Also available in plain text format.

0045. Effective Cult Evangelism Methods:
"Cult Evangelism: Which Methods Are Effective?". Christian Research Journal, 1990:fall:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"), by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. The best methods of witnessing to cult members are outlined in this article. Also available in plain text format.

0046. Mormons Defending the Book of Mormon:
"How Mormons Are Defending the Book of Mormon," Part Three in a four-part series on Mormon Apologetics. Christian Research Journal, 1989: summer:p.29, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Is the Book of Mormon the Word of God, an ancient collection of Scriptures restored to the world through Joseph Smith? Or is it a 19th-century fiction which serves to lead people away from the God of the Bible? In this article I do not attempt an exhaustive study of this question. Instead, my more modest aim is to illustrate and critique ways in which Mormons defend the Book of Mormon as an authentic ancient text and the Word of God. I will try to show that even the most sophisticated and seemingly convincing arguments offered for the Book of Mormon by Mormons today are unable to overcome some very easy-to-understand objections. Also available in plain text format.

0047. Baha'i-Christian Dialogue:
"Baha'i-Christian Dialogue: Some Key Issues Considered". Christian Research Journal, 1989:winter/spring:p.15, Francis J. Beckwith. In rejecting Baha'u'llah, the founder of Baha'ism, are Christians making the same mistake as the Jews who rejected Jesus? Francis J. Beckwith probes deeply into this and other questions which frequently come up in Baha'i-Christian dialogue. Also available in plain text format.

0048. Consequences of Cultic Involvement:
"Dispelling the Myths: The Psychological Consequences of Cultic Involvement". Christian Research Journal, 1989:winter/spring:p.8, by Paul R. Martin. "Cultism is not a problem within the church." "A true Christian will not have psychological problems." These are just two of the many widely accepted myths that keep Christians from recognizing and helping people suffering from past cultic involvement. Paul R. Martin refutes these myths as he describes the psychological consequences of cultic involvement, and suggests seven steps to recovery. Also available in plain text format.

0049. The New World Translation on Trial:
Part Two in a four-part series on Jehovah's Witnesses and the Bible. Christian Research Journal, 1989:win./spr.:p.20, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Jehovah's Witnesses are convinced that their New World translation (NWT) stands out as an accurate and faithful rendering of the Bible. Robert M. Bowman, Jr., argues that the NWT rather stands out for its systematic mistranslation of Scripture to support the doctrinal biases of its translators. Also available in plain text format.

0050. Are Christians Supposed to Take Dominion?
"Are Christians Supposed to Take Dominion?: A Reconstructionist Reply" Christian Research Journal, 1989:win./spr.:p.30 ("Viewpoint" column, by Gary DeMar. In the previous Journal, Robert M. Bowman, Jr., argued that there is no biblical mandate for Christians to take dominion. Now, in an extra-long "Viewpoint", Gary DeMar defends this view. A brief reply by Bowman follows. Also available in plain text format.

0051. Dialoguing with Atheists:
"Strategies for Dialoguing with Atheists" Christian Research 1989:win./spr.:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips") Ron Rhodes suggests two helpful "Strategies for Dialoguing with Atheists". Also available in plain text format.

0052. Book Review: A Different Gospel:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:win./spr.:p.27. "A Different Gospel" by D. R. McConnell (Hendrickson Publishers,1988). Reviewed by Brian Onken. "Combatting Cult Mind Control", by Steven Hassan (Park Street Press, 1988). Reviewed by David A. Reed. Also available in plain text format.

0053. News Watch:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:win./spr.:p.5, by William M. Alnor.
"Government Pressing Six Child Death Cases Against Christian Scientists"
"Homosexual Rights Groups Are Making Their Presence Felt in Mainline Protestantism" "'Name It and Claim It' Style of Buddhism Called America's Fastest Growing Religion" Also available in plain text format.

0054. Addressing New Age Apologetics:
"The 'Evidence' for Atlantis: Addressing New Age Apologetics". Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.16, by Karla Poewe-Hexham and Irving Hexham. The "lost continent of Atlantis" plays an important role in New Age historical revisionism. Karla and Irvine Hexham (authorities in fields related to this issue) examine the historical evidence that New Agers use to support their claims. Also available in plain text format.

0055. Jehovah's Witnesses and Luke 23:43:
"Jehovah's Witnesses and Luke 23:43 -- A Case Study in Watchtower Interpretation" Part Three in a four-part series on Jehovah's Witnesses and the Bible. Christian Research Journal, 1989:sum.:p.23, by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. How do Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs) interpret the Bible? What sort of assumptions do they make, and what kind of methods do they use? Also available in plain text format.

0056. I Believe... in the Resurrection of the Flesh:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.20, by Norman L. Geisler. A doctrine has been surfacing in neoorthodox and even evangelical circles affirming that the resurrection bodies of Christ and believers is/will be spiritual and not physical in nature. Citing both historical and theological evidence, Norman L. Geisler explains why faith in a physical resurrection is essential to orthodoxy. Also available in plain text format.

0057. The Jesus of the New Age Movement
"The Jesus of the New Age Movement," Part Two in a Two-Part Series on New Age Christology (an article from the Christian Research Journal, Fall 1989, page 15) by Ron Rhodes. Also available in plain text format.

0058. Why I Talk with New Agers:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"), by Gordon R. Lewis. Also available in plain text format.

0059. Book Reviews:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.29. Catholicism and Fundamentalismby Karl Keating (Ignatius Press, 1988). Reviewed by Kenneth R. Samples.
The Best Books on the New Age Movement: Unmasking the New Age, Confronting the New Age, by Doug Groothuis, The New Age Rage, by Karen Hoyt and the Spiritual Counterfeits Project, and Inside the New Age Nightmare, by Randall N. Baer. Also available in plain text format.

0060. Confusion in Christian Music?:
Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.31 ("Viewpoints"), by Ron Rhodes. Is there doctrinal confusion in contemporary Christian music? Ron Rhodes (who is a published Christian songwriter himself) answers "Yes," and provides some examples. Also available in plain text format.

0061. News: Santeria, Environmental Groups, :
Christian Research Journal, 1989:summer:p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor.
"Santeria: Rapid Growth in Urban America"
"Environmental Groups Fail to Stop Church Universal and Triumphant Expansion." Also available in plain text format.

0062. Book Reviews:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.30.
The Atheist Syndrome: A Psychopathology of Unbelief
This Present Darkness", by Frank Peretti (Crossway, 1986)
What's New in New Age Books. Brief reviews of The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav; Empowerment: The Art of Creating Your Life as You Want It, by David Gershon and Gail Straub; Spirit Communication: The Soul's Path, by Kevin Ryerson and Stephanie Harold; Imaginary Landscape: Making Worlds of Myth and Science, by William Irwin Thompson. Also available in plain text format.

0063. Faith in Faith or Faith in God?:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.31 ("Viewpoint") Hendrik H. Hanegraaff argues that the "word of faith" movement may be the greatest threat to historic Christianity from within. Also available in plain text format.

0064. The Modern World of Witchcraft:
Part One of Two. Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.8, by Craig S. Hawkins. In the first in-depth Christian analysis of modern witchcraft, Craig S. Hawkins introduces the reader to its central figures, concepts, and practices. Several commonly misunderstood issues (such as the differences between modern witchcraft and Satanism) are clarified. The first of two parts. Also available in plain text format.

0065. News Watch: Soviet Union & Psychic Occult, Church Universal and Triumphant Arrests & 'Doomsday Talk', Rajneesh Dies:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.5 ("News Watch"), by William M. Alnor.
"In the Soviet Union, a Growing Psychic-Occult Revival."
"Weapons Arrests and 'Doomsday Talk' Shrouds Church Universal and Triumphant."
"Rajneesh Dies of Heart Failure." Also available in plain text format.

0066. Religious Radicalism: Right or Wrong?:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.16, by Joseph P. Gudel. A year ago the Muslim word was in an uproar over Salman Rushdie's book, The Satanic Verses. In the Western media, this often violent protest was frequently compared to the earlier Christian protest of the film, The Last Temptation of Christ. Are all forms of "fundamentalism" inherently the same? Joseph P. Gudel contends the real issue is not whether one has strongly held beliefs, but what those beliefs are. Also available in plain text format.

0067. Zen And The Art Of Not Knowing God:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.20, by Stephen H. Short. Stephen H. Short spent several years living in a Zen Buddhist monastery. This account of his gradual disillusionment with Zen serves several purposes: it provides a basic introduction to Zen; it offers insight into the inner life of a Zen monastery and the personal dimensions of Zen practice; it points out several key weaknesses in Zen as the author recalls his growing doubts. Also available in plain text format.

0068. Is Jesus a True or a False God?:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:win./spr.:p.7 ("Witnessing Tips"), by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Robert M. Bowman, Jr., shows how to demonstrate to Jehovah's Witnesses from their own New World Translation that Jesus Christ must be either Jehovah God or a false god. Also available in plain text format.

0069. The Modern World of Witchcraft, Part Two:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:sum.:p.9, by Craig S. Hawkins. Building on last issue's introduction to modern-day witchcraft, Craig S. Hawkins subjects some of the major beliefs and values held by witches and other neopagans to a biblical and philosophical critique. Also available in plain text format.

0070. Witnessing to Witches:
Christian Research Journal, 1990:summer:p.4. Craig S. Hawkins offers several helpful observations on effective "Witnessing to Witches." Also available in plain text format.

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